I’ve been acting since I was six years old. My brother and I were always putting on shows for the family, and I’ve been involved with a number of theatre groups over the years. Coming to college to study Acting and Performance has been a great experience. The staff are very knowledgeable and supportive, and the facilities allow us to learn and perfect our craft. I’ve learned how to communicate more confidently which, for someone who is naturally shy, has been a big achievement.
I now have the confidence to work on my own acting method to help train other would-be actors. I really enjoyed my time at Ayrshire College and took part in a number of the college’s performances and the National Connections Festival where I had the opportunity to work in the Edinburgh Lyceum. I also work with Theatresoup, an amateur theatre company based at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine which was great for my development. I am going to the University of the West of Scotland to study for a degree in Performance as well as shortly taking on a lead role of a touring production for Theatresoup.
This would not have been possible without the help and support of everyone at Ayrshire College. Dianne Quinn, Head of Learning and Skills for Arts and Fashion said “Ben successfully completed his HND due to his unwavering commitment, passion and exemplary work ethic.
He works tirelessly even through the holidays, building sets and assisting when and where he can. He never refuses a challenge and recently helped lecturing staff with the Skills Academy workshops. “Ben has not been phased by his not insurmountable personal problems, but throughout this difficult period he showed a mature and responsible attitude by making staff aware of his position. To his credit there was never a time when his work was not handed in and rarely was he absent from college although he had much to sort out and cope with. Ben is the student we all want to teach!”